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[_] This country is insane

David Elliott the1gadget at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 08:39:08 BST 2005

Hi Richard

On 7/19/05, Richard Price <richardprice at gmail.com> wrote:


> Someone tell me when this political correctness rubbish is going to end?

Love him or hate him, Bill Gates sure hits the nail on the head with
this one (look at rule 8). To anyone with kids of any age, here's some
advice. He recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things
they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how
feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids
with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for
failure in the real world.

Rule 1:
Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2:
The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect
you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3:
You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't
be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both

Rule 4:
If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5:
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a
different word for burger flipping - they called it opportunity.

Rule 6:
If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about
your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7:
Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now.
They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and
listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before
you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's
generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8:
Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS
NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll
give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This
doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9:
Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very
few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on
your own time.

Rule 10:
Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to
leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11:
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

--
David